I wanted to share a few of my favourite spots for overnight and multi-day hikes that are a stone’s throw from Sydney. We’re pretty lucky to have such diverse landscapes right on our doorstep but if you’re just starting out it can be tricky to know what options are out there.
Six Foot Track
Location: Katoomba to Jenolan Caves
Distance: 44 km
Duration: 2-3 days
The Six Foot Track is a classic walk that takes you from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves. The trail offers a mix of terrains, including forests and open fields. You’ll also cross the Bowtells Swing Bridge over the Coxs River. It’s a well-marked path, suitable for most fitness levels.
Royal Coast Track (Otford to Bundeena)
Location: Royal National Park
Distance: 27 km one way
Duration: 2 days
This popular coastal walk stretches from Otford to Bundeena and offers a mix of surf beaches, a sheltered lagoon for swimming, and striking sandstone cliffs. The track is well-marked and relatively easy. It’s busiest during summer, so consider going mid-week or outside of peak season to avoid crowds. You can start the hike from either end, and it’s accessible via ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena or train to Otford station.
Bouddi Coastal Walk
Location: Bouddi Bouddi National Park
Distance: 8.5km one-way
Duration: 1-2 days
This is a beginner to intermediate level walk along the coast. It features beaches, boardwalks, shipwrecks, birdlife, and opportunities for whale-spotting. You can make it an overnight trip by staying at the Little Beach campground.
The hike is generally easy and can be broken into shorter sections if preferred.
Anyone else got some favourites they want to share? Or maybe you’ve got some tips for these trails?